FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date of the race for 2017?

The Irish 3/4 Marathon will be run on Sunday, 8th October 2017 – Starting time is 10.00 am

How can I enter the event?

Entry for 2017 Now Open at This Link

We will not have a waiting list for the event nor allow any more entries once we reach our Race Limit

We sold out several weeks in advance in 2016 and expect to do so again this year

Name changes are permitted FOC up to 24th Sept 2017 Only

Please do not attempt to run the race under anyone else’s number as this messes up results and often prize allocation, etc

Future Entry for this event Will Be Refused to anyone who permits their number to be used by anyone else after 24th Sept changes deadline

What race is being held?

The race is a three-quarter-marathon – Distance is 19.664 miles or 31.646 km

Where is the Irish 3/4 Marathon Based?

Our race is based in Longwood, Enfield, Co Meath – Location & course map HERE

This is only 30 mins from M50 & M7 and 50 Mins from Athlone

Driving Directions to Longwood are HERE

From South & East access is via Enfield (Via M4 or R148) – Go west from Enfield for ~3km on R148 (Direction Kinnegad) & take right turn for Longwood (5km)

Turn left at roundabout entering village and follow signs to parking and race sign on

From West go towards Enfield on R148 from Kinnegad

Take left turn at big white house ~3km after Clonard and follow road to Longwood.village

Follow signs to parking and race sign on

From North approach Longwood from Navan / Trim on R160

Go straight at roundabout entering village and follow signs to parking and race sign on

What is the route for the 2017 Irish 3/4 Marathon?

Route for the Irish 3/4 Marathon is as shown HERE

Total climb over the 19.6 mile/ 31.6 km route is only 88m which is 3/4 of the 119m climb in DCM

When do I collect my race number?

Race sign-on for those pre-entered on-line will be on race day at race HQ between 8.30am and 9.30am.

Race sign-on will close promptly at 9:30am

Will there be race souvenir tops and medals?

Good quality long sleeved race tops will be provided at sign on as shown below

Please provide size for athletic (AKA somewhat tight) fitting tops when you enter so if you like a loose fit then order a size bigger than normal please

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For 2017 we are also offering an additional running related item which you will use and value – Details TBC

As requested by majority of participants, finishers will will be presented with a medal

Is the race distance certified?

Race distance has been measured accurately using a Jones Counter and certified by an AAI trained & accredited course measurer

Exact placement of km & mile markers is not certified

Will chip timing be used?

Yes, chip timing will be used to ensure accuracy of race results

Individual Split Timing will be provided at each 1/4 marathon point in Final Results

What is the entry fee?

2017 Entry Fees are shown below

Our fees are designed to encourage early entry and give €5 off to entry of teams of 5+ in a single booking

Up to 30th June – €39 /hd or €34/hd for groups of 5+

Up to 31st August* – €44/hd or €39/hd for groups of 5+

Up to 30th Sept* or Until Sold Out!  – €49/hd or €44/hd for groups of 5+

* Entry will close earlier than advertised once race limit is reached

Entry fees are subject to Entry Systems Provider’s fee

THERE WILL BE NO ENTRY ON DAY for the 2017 EVENT

2016 EVENT SOLD OUT Several Weeks Early

Are there elite entries available?

A limited amount of elite entries will be made available – Please e-mail info@outfront.ie with your elite entry request by 18th Sept

Recent half-marathon standard required for elite entry consideration is sub 70 minutes for men and sub 82 minutes for women or similar.

What happens when I enter on line?

Your credit card or laser card details will be processed and debited for the entry fee amount.

You will receive an e-mail detailing your Receipt Number.

Please bring this e-mail to race registration to collect your race number w chip attached, race tee & souvenir

What is provided at race sign on?

For our 2016 event you got get a decent quality race tee and race socks

2017 l/s tech top details are given below

Quality additional running item for 2017 will be confirmed shortly

One of our key objectives is to minimise race entry fees for athletes and as a result we do not intend to provide a “goody” bag preferring to keep the costs down and the quality of the event itself up.

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Do I get a refund or deferment if I can’t run?

Sorry, we are unable to provide a refund or deferral unless requested within 14 days of your entry (and only when requested before 15th Sept).

Can I transfer my number if I can’t run?

YES – We will permit entry transfers (1 per entry) Free of charge until 24th September 2017

You can do this at the Entry Link Information provided on your Race Entry Confirmation Mail until 24th September

On 25th September we will finalise our entry list & order our personalised race numbers so transfer requests must be received prior to that date

No deferrals to subsequent events are possible

Please don’t allow anyone else to run with your number – If you do so you risk not being allowed to enter future events
Allowing someone else to use your number in this manner is unfair to those who have missed out on the entry limits

It also adversely effects the results service we can provide with our timing partner particularly in relation to prizes

PLEASE – NO NUMBER SWAPS UNLESS DONE OFFICIALLY ONLINE BY 24th Sept 2017

Where do I pick up my Race Number?

Race numbers with timing chips attached will be available for collection on the morning of the race between 8.30 and 9.30 at Race HQ.

Enter by 24th* September 2017 to get a race number with your name printed on it *unless we sell out in advance of this date

Will the course be marked?

The route will be very clearly marked and marshaled.

There will also be signs at each km & mile intervals FYI – These signs are not officially measured and are for assistance only.
At each quarter marathon point Split timing will be provided to give you chip timed results including 1/4 marathon splits.

Where can I leave my car key or bag?

A key drop for your vehicle will be provided so please use that if you wish and leave your bag in your car which will be parked nearby.

Items left in this area are to be labeled with your race number before handing in – We will provide labels

Although every effort will be made to keep this area secure, the race organisers will not accept responsibility for items left in this area.and we recommend that you keep your vehicle key on your person if possible

Where will water stations be located & what will be provided?

Water stations will be provided at 4 locations along the route as well as the finish

The following refreshment stations are planned for the 2017 event:

Station # 1 (approx 4.5 mile/ 7.0km) – Sport Top Bottles & 150ml cups of water
Station # 2 (approx 9 mile/ 14.5km ) – Sport Top Bottles & 150ml cups of water, banana segments
Station # 3 (approx 13 mile/ 21.3km) – Sport Top Bottles & 150ml cups of water/ cordial, bananas & water melon segments & fruit cake
Station # 4 (approx 16.5 mile/ 26.7km) – Sport Top Bottles & 150ml cups of water/cordial, bananas & water rmelon, fruit cake, sweets
At the finish area there will be:- Water/ Cordial/ Fresh Fruit segments/ Fruit Cake/ Tea / Coffee

Where will the toilets be located?

Toilets will be provided at the race start/finish area.

There will also be 2 portable toilets provided close to each refreshment station.

Are changing facilities provided?

Yes – Changing facilities will be provided in GAA club

Where will the First Aid stations be located?

Two first aid ambulances will be on hand for the duration of the race.

When will the results be available?

We will process results as soon as possible after race finish.  The focus will be on identification of prize winners immediately after race.

We aim to have a text issued that afternoon with your provisional result.

We aim to have provisional results available online by Sunday evening

When can I find previous 3/4 Marathon results?

We have held the 3/4 Marathon between 2010 and 2015 on an undulating course near Glasson in Co Westmeath

The results from this events are available at Athlone 3/4 Marathon Results Link

Our 2016 course was a little easier than the Glasson one – 2016 Irish 3/4 Marathon Results Here

Will pacemakers be used?

Our intention is to use pacemakers for the course to aid inexperienced participants use this as the ideal marathon preparation event.

Pacers will be running at approx 105% of the 3.00, 3.30, 4.00 and 4.30 Hour MARATHON Pace.

We’re pacing 5% slower than your marathon pace to make sure you don’t empty the tank on this event which should be treated as preparation race for DCM.

Pacing will be based on the following:

– 3:00 Marathon Pace Group: Planned 2:22 for 3/4 Marathon = approx. 4:30/km = approx. 7:15/mile

– 3:30 Marathon Pace Group: Planned 2:45 for 3/4 Marathon = approx. 5:15/km = approx. 8:25/mile

– 4:00 Marathon Pace Group: Planned 3:10 for 3/4 Marathon = approx. 6:00/km = approx. 9:40/mile

– 4:30 Marathon Pace Group: Planned 3:40 for 3/4 Marathon = approx. 6:40/km = approx. 10:40/mile

Please identify and join an appropriate pacing group at the race briefing at Race HQ at 9.40am

What prizes will be awarded?

2017 Prizes will be announced in due course but are likely to be similar to 2016

2016 Prize Details were as follows:

1st* Male & Female: €300 + commissioned trophy from Crannmor Pottery

+ €100 bonus Voucher* for Course record

or €100 Cash Bonus for course & 3/4 Marathon record

2nd Male & Female: €200
3rd Male & Female: €100
Course Records are 1h 45′ 54″ (M) & 2h 6′ 33″ (w) & 3/4 Marathon Race Records are 1h 40′ 13″  (m) & 1h 59′ 42″ (w)

2016 category prizes were:

First male and female finishers over 40, 50 and 60:  €60 Amphibian King Vouchers
Second male and female finishers over 40, 50 and 60:  €40 Amphibian King Vouchers
Your age category will be based on your age on race day – 1 prize per person
All Prizes are based on Gun Time / Order of crossing finish line NOT Chip time as per International Rules

Are iPods and MP3 players banned?

We strongly request that you do not use personal music devices for safety reasons.

This is not something we can actively monitor and we appreciate your co-operation to maximise race safety.

Is there a race cut off time?

Yes – The full course will officially close after 4 1/2 hours in 2017

We will allow maximum of 1hr 30′ for each section (1/4 marathon) of the course to be completed.

i.e. You must have passed the first 1/4 marathon point by 11.30 and the 1/2 marathon point by  13.00

This is sufficient time for someone to walk the course at a 6 hour marathon pace, so we feel this is appropriate.

Walkers are very welcome to participate if they are confident of meeting these cut-off times.

Race signage, refreshment stations, marshals and timing equipment will be removed in accordance with this schedule.

Who is organising the 2017 event?

Paul Mahon of Outfront Events is the main 2017 race organiser.

His track record in this 3/4 marathon and many other events organised under the Outfront and Multisport Adventure Ireland banners since 2010 are testament to the quality you can expect in 2017

Who can I contact for further help?

Please check these FAQs and the rest of the website for the answer to your query

For urgent matters e-mail: info@outfont.ie

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